100 YEARS OF POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY presented by the Western Austrlian Camera Club WACC

The longest-operating photographic group in the State marks its centenary in 2017.

It was founded in the heart of Perth during World War I and was appropriately named the Western Australian Camera Club.

Its purpose was “the encouragement of the science, art and practice of photography, and the interchange of knowledge of such amongst members”.

The club has operated continuously for 100 years, meeting at least monthly in a variety of venues in the City of Perth and City of Stirling. It is still governed by its original rules and certificate of incorporation, registered on 29 October 1917.

In that century the WA Camera Club, headquartered at Tuart Hill, has been joined by another three dozen or so clubs now flourishing throughout the State, with a combined membership approaching 1,500 avid photographers.

So 2017 will be year of celebrations for the State’s entire camera club movement under the theme of 100 Years of Popular Photography in WA.


A highlight of the centenary year will be the WA Camera Club’s hosting of the WA Photographic Federation’s annual Event for statewide photographers from 23 to 25 June, sponsored by Nikon.

Nikon also celebrates its centenary in 2017 so it is a perfect match for the Western Australian camera club movement. Nikon will also be supporting a range of other photographic activities in WA throughout 2017 as it marks its significant milestone around the globe.


The main venue for the gathering will be the elegant ballroom of Government House in the centre of Perth. Since opening its doors in 1863, Government House on St Georges Terrace has been home to each Governor appointed to serve Western Australia. As a heritage-listed, State-owned residence surrounded by 3 hectares of gardens, it is an important Western Australian landmark steeped in historical, cultural and environmental significance.

The ballroom at Government House has a long history of hosting grand occasions such as receptions, balls, Royal visits and investitures. The ballroom boasts a large proportioned space including a recently refurbished Supper Room of equal size on the lower floor, and outside terrace areas looking out onto the Government House gardens.


The full program is available through the above tab. The strong line-up is headed by Nikon Ambassador, Rocco Ancorea, supported by six outstanding Western Australian photographers presenting a range of talks, workshops and photo excursions for delegates. The six presenters, Leah Kennedy, Georgina Steytler, Stan Davies, Alex Cearns, Gerrie Cooney and Richard Harmer, are acclaimed practitioners as well as engaging educators.

The presenters’ panel and the organising committee have selected topics with a difference for the 2017 event, ensuring delegates gain new and interesting insights to improve their photographic pursuits.